Posted on: 20 February 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Satcom Direct has created AeroIT, an information technology (IT) certification designed to help aircraft technicians expand their knowledge of today’s sophisticated airborne communications systems, in conjunction with CompTIA’s Examplify subsidiary.
To obtain an AeroIT certification, aircraft technicians need to undertake a training course and examination specialising in aircraft systems which covers network configurations and troubleshooting, SATCOM systems and avionics. The certification is valid for three years and then has to be renewed.
Satcom Direct describes the certification as similar to other IT industry credentials and a validation of technical knowledge. By working with Examplify, Satcom Direct ensured the examination meets the standards held by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
The certification exam is offered at any Pearson VUE test centre in the US which already offers CompTIA testing. The company is currently developing an AeroIT textbook pupils can use for self-study.
“There is a strong need for IT knowledge in the flight department and no one was teaching that, not even colleges and universities,” explained Jim Jensen, Satcom Direct’s founder and CEO. “Clients told us that they needed a greater understanding of networking, so we developed AeroIT to meet that need.
“We’re so committed to AeroIT certification that a new Pearson VUE test centre is being installed in our worldwide headquarters, currently under construction in Viera, Florida." The facility will open in late 2015.
All members of the Satcom Direct support staff are required to obtain Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and CompTIA Network+ credentials, as well as the AeroIT certification.